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Dolphins keep missing on quarterbacks
Posted Jun. 18 at 03:22 PM
Hall of Fame quarterback Dan Marino retired after the 1999 season, and the Dolphins have been scrambling at that position ever since. Almost every year they give up a draft pick to bring in a new quarterback (either through a trade or the draft), and they still haven’t found their guy.
The year-by-year rundown:
2000: trade 7th-rounder for Jim Druckenmiller (a former 1st-round pick).
2001: trade 6th-round pick for Cade McNown (a former 1st-round pick).
2002: trade 7th-round pick for Sage Rosenfels.
2004: trade 2nd-round pick for A.J. Feeley.
2005: trade 6th-round pick (and Feeley) for Cleo Lemon.
2006: trade 5th-round pick for Joey Harrington (a former 1st-round pick).
2006: trade 2nd-round pick for Daunte Culpepper (a former 1st-round pick).
2007: use 2nd-round pick on John Beck.
2008: use 2nd-round pick on Chad Henne.
So while some (optimistic Dolphins fans) believe that Henne will be their guy, I’m taking more of a wait-and-see approach. I would have little interest in Henne, even in a dynasty-type fantasy format. In the last eight years, the Dolphins have used four 2nd-round picks on quarterbacks, and they’ve had four former 1st-round quarterbacks on their roster. None of those guys has worked out.
Posted by ANDY RICHARDSON | Jun. 19 at 12:19 AM
The funny (or sad if you're a Dolphins fan) thing is that they might have been able to avoid all of this had they been more decisive in the 2000 preseason, when reportedly they had a deal in place for Matt Hasselbeck. Green Bay GM Ron Wolf was talking with Seattle and Miami. Reportedly Miami was offering up their first-round pick, and Wolf was going to do it. (Better deal than Seattle's offer to swap first-rounders with the Packers, the 10th pick for the 17th, plus a third-rounder.) But, Miami apparently also wanted to swap 2nd-rounders with the Packers, getting a better pick in the 2nd round, and then also wanted to swap third-rounders. Ultimately Wolf got tired of Miami's waffling and made the deal with Seattle. The Seahawks got Hasselbeck, and Miami traded many, many more picks for QBs over the next 7-8 years. Green Bay would have been better off making the deal with Miami, too, since they used the 10th overall pick on a bust, Jamal Reynolds, while Seattle used the 17th pick obtained from Green Bay on guard Steve Hutchinson. Anyway, Miami could have had Hasselbeck and saved themselves a whole lot of trouble the last few years.
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